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Chinese vice president arrives in Siem Reap for official visit to Cambodia

2009-12-20 15:26:17 GMT2009-12-20 23:26:17 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (R front) shakes hands with Sok An, Cambodian deputy prime minister and minister of council of ministers, as Xi arrives in Siemreab, Cambodia, Dec. 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (2nd L) is welcomed as he arrives in Siemreab, Cambodia, Dec. 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Tao)

SIEM REAP, Dec. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived here on Sunday on an official visit to Cambodia, the last leg of his four-Asian nation tour.

In a written statement, Xi said China and Cambodia have enjoyed long-term friendship that further expanded since the two countries forged diplomatic ties over half a century ago.

The two countries have maintained fruitful cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture and people-to-people exchanges, and close coordination on international and regional affairs, he said.

"The good-neighborly relations between China and Cambodia are in the interests of the two peoples and benefit the peace, stability and prosperity in the region," he said.

During his stay in Cambodia, Xi is expected to meet with King Norodom Sihamoni, and hold talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

"The purpose of my visit is to cement the traditional friendship, deepen the mutually-beneficial cooperation, and promote common development," Xi said.

He voiced the belief that the visit would contribute to the Sino-Cambodian comprehensive and cooperative partnership.

The Chinese vice president arrived in Cambodia after his visits to Japan, South Korea and Myanmar.

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